12 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Kick-start your metabolism to help you lose weight with our easy and effective tips.

View Slideshow

Your Best Family Reunion

For a stress-free reunion everyone will love, see these smart planning tips and creative ideas. Plus, try our quiz to help you determine what type of reunion will suit your family best.

View Slideshow

Build a Better Breakfast

You'll feel better and more energetic than ever with these perfectly balanced no-recipe meal ideas.

View Slideshow

Tips for Better Sleep

Millions of Americans don't get good sleep at night, but what they may not know is that sleep deprivation can lead to heart disease.

View Slideshow

Osteoporosis Myths

The truth about what it takes to shore up your skeleton.

See More

Family Staycation Ideas

You'll love our sensational ideas for enjoying the last days of summer -- all in the comfort of your own home.

View Slideshow

Perimenopause Explained

Our experts answer your questions about the mood swings, hot flashes, and other symptoms that may hit in the decade before your periods stop.

See More
Popular in Health & Family

Finding a Great Yoga Class

If you're new to yoga, these four tips can help you find a great class -- and avoid a possible injury.

1. Check the Credentials

Make sure the teacher is qualified, urges Hansa Knox, president of Yoga Alliance, a national registry of yoga teachers and schools. She recommends teachers have at least 200 hours of yoga-specific training. A background solely in aerobics or other sports disciplines isn't enough. For a database of trained and experienced instructors, check out www.yogaalliance.org.

2. Test Drive the Class First

Participate in a class before signing up for the full series or session. A good instructor won't mind if you window shop, and you'll have a chance to see what kind of learning environment he or she creates.

3. Take a Headcount

While you're sitting in on that class, count the number of people in the room. If there are 30 or 40 people milling around, it's impossible for the teacher to make sure everyone in the room is performing the poses correctly. And as a beginner, you need lots of extra attention. Look elsewhere if you see any more than a dozen people.

4. Assess the Instructor

Does the instructor modify the poses to fit a person's own abilities? Yoga should be adapted to the individual, points out yoga instructor Arkady Shirin, rather than the other way around. Injuries often happen when someone tries to force a pose. "Your body will complain if you don't respect its limits," he says. "In yoga, pain is no gain."

Try these great yoga poses for beginners.


Loading... Please wait...